November is another huge month for mixed martial arts, with the UFC once again leading the charge, including their eagerly anticipated debut on FOX which is sure to be grabbing most of the headlines over the new few weeks.
Saturday, 5th November 2011: UFC 138: Leben Vs Munoz
An action-packed month for the UFC starts next Saturday when the promotion makes it’s return across the pond to the UK with a card that will air live in the region on ESPN UK, while US fans can pick up the action on tape-delay on Spike TV.
The show is headlined by middleweight contenders Chris Leben and Mark Munoz who will have the distinction of fighting in the first ever 5-round non-title fight in the UFC. Truth be told, beyond that the card is a little light on star power, but don’t overlook the co-main event between bantamweight’s Brad Pickett and Renan ‘Barao’ which should be a fun scrap, while Thiago Alves also fights on the main card.
Saturday, 5th November 2011: ProElite 2: Big Guns
On the same night as the UFC the re-born ProElite organization will host it’s second event live on HDNet. Headlining the show will be former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia who goes up against the German Andreas Kraniotakes.
Also on-board is another former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski who’ll take on Travis Fulton, while there will also be a selection of heavyweight up and comers competing in a heavyweight tournament on the night.
Saturday, 12th November 2011: UFC On FOX 1: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos
The 12th of November sees the big one, the UFC’s debut on FOX which will let fans see one of the biggest fights of the year, a heavyweight title fight between current champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos airing for free on network television.
The UFC and FOX have billed this as a ‘showcase’ event, giving fans a taste of what’s to come in 2012 when their seven year deal officially begins. As such only the title fight will air live during the one hour show, but on Facebook and FOX.com fans can also watch the rest of the event live, with the co-main event between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida being the major attraction there.
Saturday, 12th November 2011: Bellator 57
After a rare week’s break Bellator returns on the same evening with the final of their welterweight tournament which pits Ben ‘Killa-B’ Saunders against Douglas Lima.
Other bouts are still tbc at the time of writing.
Friday, 18th November 2011: Strikeforce Challengers 20
The Strikeforce Challengers series returns the following Friday in las Vegas with the most interesting match-up arguably being in the woman’s 145lb division as the highly touted Rhonda Rousey steps into the cage to take on Julia Budd.
Saturday, 19th November 2011: UFC 139: Shogun Vs Henderson
The UFC‘s fourth event in four weeks delivers one of November’s best match-ups as light-heavyweight stars Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Dan Henderson clash in a bout that could put the winner in the thick of the title hunt at 205lbs.
Also on-board is a No.1 contender bout at featherweight between Urijah faber and Brian Bowles, plus a potential stand-up war between recent Strikeforce convert Cung Le and Wanderlei Silva, making this the most well-rounded card of the month.
Saturday, 19th November 2011: Bellator 58
Bellator wrap up another tournament on the 19th with Alexander Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna set to duel for middleweight glory.
Not content with just that lightweight title holder Eddie Alvarez will also be putting his belt on the line against Michael Chandler.
Sunday, 20th November 2011: M-1 Global: Fedor Vs Monson
Fedor Emelianenko makes his first appearance in the cage since being released by Strikeforce on Sunday, 20th where he’ll take on MMA veteran Jeff Monson.
The event, hosted by Fedor’s management team M-1 Global will air live on pay-per-view from Russia.
Saturday, 26th November 2011: Bellator 59
The month is rounded off by Bellator’s with the bantamweight tournament final between Alexis Villa and Eduardo Dantas and the heavyweight tournament final featuring Eric Prindle Vs Thiago Santos bringing the season to a conclusion.
Major MMA Events in November At A Glance:
- 5th November 2011: UFC 138: Leben Vs Munoz
- 5th November 2011: ProElite 2: Big Guns
- 12th November 2011: UFC On FOX 1: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos
- 12th November 2011: Bellator 57
- 18th November 2011: Strikeforce Challengers 20
- 19th November 2011: UFC 139: Shogun Vs Henderson
- 19th November 2011: Bellator 58
- 20th November 2011: M-1 Global: Fedor Vs Monson
- 26th November 2011: Bellator 59